Category Archives: Stress

Mitigating against chronic stress: A “Zensational” solution

Stress is the beginning of a long lineup of disease within the body. When we experience stress, our life-saving mechanisms come to the rescue which means digestion shuts down, blood flow is rerouted to the muscles, hormones go wild, and it’s all a biological response for us to escape a sudden threat and survive. Short term stress is actually a good thing!

Here’s the problem: We live in an age where we have chronic stress. For some it’s financial stress, for others it could be due to relationships or the responsibility of parenthood. Stress is any kind of demand put on the body that’s beyond what it can cope with, so even extreme sports, heavy partying, or simply air pollution could put us into a state of stress where our body struggles to cope.

It causes us to experience:

  • A lack of sleep
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Indigestion
  • Low energy
  • Weight gain

Before we know it, being stressed slowly inches its way to becoming our new normal! We no longer expect to jump out of bed in the morning because for so many days, we’ve woken up fatigued. We blame it on adulthood, uninspiring careers, and so on. We grab a coffee to “wake-up” or manifest the everlost energy that was once so normal in our unjaded youth.

BUT WAIT!!! We can simply add powdered mushrooms and/or adaptogens to our morning coffee! Subtle adjustments can often be the catalyst for permanent change, so no need to throw out your coffee routine just yet! These ingredients work to settle and rebalance our stress response system so that we can embrace the day ahead with energy and cope with the small triggers like traffic or deadlines.

PURICA has a line of powdered drink mixes called ZENSATIONS that do this for you. You can drink it plain or add it to your coffee, making it more like a mocha! Evening Calm is one example of a double whammy: you get the calming effects of Red Reishi mushrooms as well as the anti-stress effect of ashwagandha. On their own, these herbs can be bitter to taste but PURICA has created a method that masks any bitterness or chalkiness completely! Having personally experienced improved coping abilities and overall mood upon adding this into my daily routine, I highly recommend this line of adaptogenic mushroom tonics! Life is meant to be lived, so live it well!


Registered Holistic Nutritionist Katie Reitsma specializes in prenatal and paediatric nutrition. She is the CAHN-Pro Board Director of B.C. and works collaboratively with sleep consultants, nurses, baby stores, and more. She is the Founder of Live It Well Nutrition where she also does consultations for a more personal look into your health. Check out  her Instagram for more!

7 Ways to Support Vitality

If you’re alive, you’ve got stress. It’s a natural physical and mental reaction to both good and bad experiences. There are also two kinds of stress, each with different effects on the mind and body.

Acute stress can make you feel pumped and is thrilling and exciting in small doses and can be good for you because the stress hormones released help your mind and body to deal with the situation. However overdoing short-term stress can lead to irritability, anxiety and depression. Acute stress can also cause muscular problems including tension headaches, muscular tensions, stomach, gut and bowel problems such as heartburn, acid stomach, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

While acute stress can be thrilling and exciting, chronic stress is not.

Chronic stress can lead to weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, and depression. Unhealthy lifestyle habits, paired with chronic stress can flip the switch that turns on these health problems.

Cortisol is the primary hormone responsible for the prolonged stress response. In the short term, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but chronic stress puts your health at risk because it causes the ongoing elevation of cortisol, also known as “cortisol resistance’. Eating a wholefood balanced diet, minimizing environmental toxins, and committing to a regular exercise and sleep routine are great ways to regulate cortisol levels.

Adrenal fatigue is most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress. If you often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning or prop your energy up during the day your adrenals may be on route to exhaustion. When they are unable to produce adequate stress hormones the thyroid function is affected. Every cell in the body has receptors for both cortisol and thyroid and nearly every cellular process requires the optimal functioning of thyroid.

When cortisol gets too high, you start getting resistance from the hormone receptors and none of the hormones such as insulin, progesterone, estrogens, testosterones and even cortisol itself are able to work at their optimal levels.

Your body does its best to make up for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it does so at a price.

Here are 7 supplements to support the adrenals and help prevent cortisol dysregulation.

  • Vitality Adrenal Support helps the body better handle stress, reduces inflammation, increases DHEA and sports endurance and optimizes immune system.
  • B-Complex helps support nervous system
  • Vitamin B12 can help healthy secretion of cortisol during periods of stress.
  • Magnesium is important for energy production of every cell in your body and is essential for adrenal gland recovery.
  • Probiotics can be beneficial during times of stress to help populate good gut bacteria. ( dosage 10 billion CFU daily with food)
  • Vitamin D3: Cortisol desensitizes the Vitamin D receptor sites in the body, which results in lower Vitamin D levels in people who have chronic stress. (Dosage 2000-4000IU)

Unplug to Reboot

Tawnya Ritco
Registered holistic nutritionist

One of the simplest ways to manage stress in our highly-charged, electronic lives is to literally unplug.

Unplugging to reboot is a good concept not only for the “tired and wired” women going through menopause, but for women of all ages and, for that matter, people of both genders.

The wi-fi computer network analogy is a good one. The technology is incredible and it’s delivered convenience, immediacy and mobility. Yet like most things in life, it can break down. We’ve all had our moments when our computer network has gone down. We lose our internet connection and are forced to unplug our modem and give it a few minutes before plugging it back in again and voila, our system is rebooted.

The same principle can work for us as well. In this modern world of technology, we can accomplish more in less time and be accessible to our clients, work colleagues and others literally no matter where we are and at what time of the day. The problem is that our wired world leaves little room for the real connections that keep us grounded, balanced and healthy; relationships with our friends, family and ourselves. Continue reading

The Four Factors Challenge

Melissa Tucker - PURICA Ambassador
Melissa Tucker
PURICA Ambassador

Melissa Tucker, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of PURICA Ambassadors committed to promoting positive lifestyle solutions, including healthy eating and training tips. Here are Melissa’s thoughts on how to reboot and reset for the New Year.

Why are so many people over-tired and stressed out today?

Research shows there are four factors that contribute to more than 90% of stress related doctor visits.

The four factors are:

  • Too much technology
  • Too much caffeine
  • Too little sleep
  • Too little exercise

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Understanding Stress

The things that cause stress for you may not be a problem for your neighbor, and things that bring stress to your neighbor life may not worry you at all. It is how you think about and react to certain events that determine whether you find them stressful or fairly easy to deal with. Your reaction to stress can affect your mental and physical health; so it is important for you to learn how to deal effectively with stress as it occurs. Continue reading

Characteristics of Mental Health

Understanding the characteristics that make up good mental health will help you determine how mentally fit you are. Here are some real-life examples:

Ability to enjoy life You’ve just become engaged. You join your friends and family in celebrating the future you are planning with your partner. You realize that life before and after your marriage will bring challenges, but worries about problems that may crop up do not dim the joy you feel. Continue reading